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Take A Trip To Seaside Heaven at Clearwater Beach
When Florida wants to dazzle you with its seafront charms, it will often push Clearwater Beach right to the forefront. And here’s why – this three-mile section of the glittering Gulf Coast boasts just about everything you need for beachy perfection.
Just to start with, this wide, gently-sloping section of golden sands is as inviting a coastal vista as you could summon up, with appeal for families and couples alike, all fringed with a terrific array of upscale resorts, like the Sheraton Sand Key and the highly-rated Sandpearl Resort, with its superb Caretta’s restaurant.
Beautiful Clearwater Beach not only has brilliant white sands but is also a hub of hubbub with a nightly celebration at Pier 60 filled with crafters, buskers and live music, a great place to watch the sunset.
Then consider a cornucopia of water-sports, eco-tours and other attractions based along the waterways, which include the essential Clearwater Marine Aquarium – home of Winter, the tail-less dolphin, and the nightly Sunset Celebration centred on Pier 60. Original restaurants also abound, most notably Crabby’s Dockside overlooking the Municipal Marina and the local institution of Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, with its toes firmly in the sand.
When you want to sample the many sea-going adventures, head to the Marin and take your pick from half-a-dozen options, such as the Sea Screamer powerboat – with dolphin sightings in its huge wake guaranteed – and Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise. Or just hire a wave-runner and create your own fun.
You can also get around easily here using the Clearwater Jolly Trolley, a fun and unique way to ride along the coast and soak up that blissful beach vibe.
Whilst in the area here are some of our suggested top things to do:
- Spend the day on one of the areas beautiful ‘Award-Winning’ beaches including Clearwater Beach, TripAdvisor’s best beach is the USA
- Celebrate the amazing sunsets at Pier 60 Festival, a nightly sunset celebration that takes place in Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach
- Explore natural adventures within the intercoastal park ways where you can swim, fish and snorkel, or hire a Canoe or Kayak and meander through the many mangrove swamps and waterways
- Take a day trip to drive southwest to observe astounding art at the Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg which houses the largest collection of the artists’ work outside of Spain
- Head northwards to discover the diverse heritage of Tarpon Springs, a historic riverfront town famous for sponge diving, then on to Dunedin with its Scottish Heritage and antique shops galore
- Visit Winter the Dolphin, star of the ‘Dolphin Tale’ movies at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
- Quench your thirst on our thriving Craft Beer Trail or tantalise those taste buds on one or more of the seven stops along the oh-so sweet Chocolate Trail
- Bike, jog or rollerblade along the 38 plus mile Pinellas Trail
- Play a round of golf at more than 50 challenging courses.
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Hotels in Clearwater
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa is a beautiful and unique resort situated on Clearwater Beach. It’s just a moment away from the beautiful white sandy beach and clear blue ocean, while also offering an excellent assortment of activities and facilities to the guests in the hotel.
This hotel provides for the perfect holiday. Make the most of all the resort style facilities and Clearwater Beach, which provides all you need for endless entertainment and relaxation.
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Things to do on a Clearwater holiday
History of Clearwater
Dunedin Historical Museum
Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center
Clearwater Historical Society
Enjoy a journey back in time in the Historical Society’s history museum, with a series of exhibits dating back to the 1870s, incouding personal stories of the early pioneers.
Clearwater ecotourism, wildlife & the great outdoors
Boca Ciega Millennium Park
Whether you come for the renowned bird watching or for a peaceful fishing spot, the observation tower overlooking Boca Ciega Bay offers panoramic views for all visitors. Dedicated twitchers can also spot dozens of species along the boardwalks. This family-friendly park also has picnic areas and a playground.
Caladesi Island State Park
Florida Botanical Gardens
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
One of the finest animal rescue and rehabilitation centres in the US, showcasing Winter, ‘the tail-less dolphin’ from the two Dolphin Tale movies, as well as a wide variety of local marine life in a superb eco-friendly setting.
Take a ride on one of the world’s largest powerboats along the Intracoastal Waterway and out into the Gulf, where it is usual to see dolphins diving and playing in the boat’s high-powered wake.
Beaches, surfing, parks & river cruises in Clearwater
Sand Key Park
Kick back on this expansive stretch of beach on Clearwater Pass, with plenty of room for picnics, surfing and other outdoor activities.
Clearwater Beach Municipal Marina
Head to this action-packed centre for all manner of water activities, from wave-runner and jetski rentals to the evening dinner cruises, eco-tours, Sea Screamer boat trips and more.
Sport in Clearwater
Golf in Clearwater
If your perfect place to relax and unwind on holiday is on the expansive fairways or putting greens then the golf clubs in and around St. Pete will not disappoint. With an impressive pedigree as the original national headquarters of the PGA, you’ll be following a long line of legends at Dunedin Golf Club. Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course poses a real challenge and is a favourite of many of the local pros, while the friendly and welcoming Mangrove Bay Golf Course is also an excellent place to play.
You’ll build up quite an appetite with days of sunbathing and nature hiking. Clearwater is lively and cosmopolitan and boasts an eclectic range of restaurants with cuisines to suit every budget and taste. The beachfront resorts also have some impressive alfresco dining options and can provide the perfect sunset meal.